33 Long setup
I moved for work and am in a small apartment for a year while I sort out more permanent housing. I traded my 75 gallon to a coworker for her 33 long (48Lx12Wx12H). She and her husband helped me out with quite a few things, so I didn't mind a trade in her favor. The 33 long is ideal for my current situation, and should be much easier to move without a complete tear down in a year. Small water changes are important as I am working with OLD fixtures that are not python friendly, so filling a 5 gallon bucket in the bathtub tub is my only option, and I don't want to do a lot of that. I would like to do a low tech planted setup with this tank.
My water here is extremely soft, so I can probably hit any target chemistry I want. I have an eheim canister, the 2213 I beleive. The tank came with aqueon LED lights that mount under the front rim. No idea how they would do growing plants but, if they are not up to snuff, I can always get a fluorescent fixture to put on a timer and only use the LEDs when I am watching the tank.
I was thinking of using a good number of crypt wendti in the background, since the tank is so low, mostly green with a bronze and red one or two for accent. I would like some anubias nana, and some java fern windelov. Could definitely use some suggestions for other low growing plants. I don't want to have to trim a lot, so I don't see stem plants being a big part of it, except at first to get the tank established. I plan on a small school of fish like threadfin rainbowfish or a small danio, and cherry shrimp.
I also have lots of questions regarding substrate. I have read about a lot of different options. Soil, mineralized soil, ADA aquasoil, onyx sand and leonardite. I am in a small apartment so I don't have a lot of DIY space, and I have two gremlins, I mean cats, that will make of mess of anything I try to do, so something I can pretty much put in the tank is ideal.
Here is a pic of the tank with a gremlin waiting patiently on top of it. They both liked to sit right on the plastic brace and it was flexing a lot under them, so I got a hood for it for a discount at a local store.
I am definitely interested in any feedback on substrate and plants, and any other advice you may have,